Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — Invite a friend to church this weekend. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church, located at 3151 Sharon Lane. Jim Dooley will be special musician. A pitch-in will follow.Nursery and a children’s service will be available.

Life groups for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 812-391-1684

Dayspring Church of God — The church will have its Pink Service during the 11:15 a.m. Oct. 30 service at the church, 2127 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus. There will be prayers and support for those fighting breast cancer, survivors and families. Refreshments, gifts and breast cancer information will also be available.

Information: 812-372-9336

First Baptist — The Rev. Dave Doles will deliver the message, “On a Hero’s Journey,” with Scripture from Isaiah 53, I Corinthians 15:3-11 and John 15:13 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Joyful Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church. Their topic will be “Deborah” with Scripture from Judges 4:1-16.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school for children will be “Deborah,” with Scripture from Judges 4:5.

Youth will meet at 6:33 p.m. in the Chapel for Youth-6:33.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m.

Cross Connections will begin a new series at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. “All the Places to Go” is a six-session video-based study by Jon Ortberg.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, for breakfast and study. All First Baptist men and their guests are welcome.

Live streaming of the Sunday service is available at 9:25 a.m. Go to or access through the church web page:

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., in Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon, “Picking Favorites,” which will focus on Joel 2:23-32 and Luke 18:9-14. This sermon will consider examples of humility, instead of focusing someone’s rank or whether they won or lost.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool-age to third grade will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for grades 4 to 12 will begin at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour will be at 11 a.m. The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meets at 7 a.m. Friday. Those in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Making a Difference,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Isaiah 55:1-9 and John 1:1-5, 14. Adult Sunday school topics include Couples of the Old Testament, “Faith, Hope, and a Bird Named George: A Spiritual Fable” by Michael Morwood and “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church” by N.T. Wright. A special Sunday school class, The Basics: The Bible, led by Pastor Lisa Cottingham, will be Oct. 30. This on- time class will cover core items about the Old and New Testaments.

Sunday Night Connections begin with food available at 5 p.m. Sundays.

The church will show appreciation between services Sunday to Pastor Boles and Pastor Cottingham for their leadership and ministry.

A special Movie Sing-a-long will begin at 5 p.m. Friday. Everyone is invited an evening of fun, laughter and singing during a journey down the yellow brick road. There will be food and fellowship with a costume parade at 6 p.m. Feel free to wear a costume and bring a friend.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Grace Lutheran — Dr. Robert Bennett of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, will speak at 6:15 p.m. today on “Demonic possession and spiritual warfare in America.” He has authored two books on spiritual warfare and the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in overcoming satanic influence. A potluck meal will be at 5:30 p.m. and a question-and-answer session will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Bennett also will preach during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 3201 Central Ave. He will also speak to the adult Bible classes at 9:20 a.m. on the topic, “World Lutheranism and the Luther Academy.”

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Wrestling Between the Worldly and Divine,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Genesis 32:22-31, 2 Timothy 3:14-45 and Luke 18:1-8. Guest Gospel singers Marvin Brown and the Rythmnaires will join the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Mercy Always,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Liturgist Karen Mize will share Scripture from Psalms 65 and Luke 18:9-14. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message and the adult choir will share special music. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Monday night Bible studies will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling and Nolting homes. The Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The Prayer group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

The Walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, weather permitting. Otherwise, the group will meet at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.

Information: 812-546-4438; 812-603-8378

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will lead the 10 a.m. service, “Blessings From and For Our Animal Companions,” on Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Road. The service will be dedicated to blessing animals that play roles in members’ lives and honoring the memory of those who are deceased. If members have pets that would do well around a large number of people, they are encouraged to bring them along — as long as they are in a carrier or an a leash. If the pet would not be comfortable or has died, bring a leash, collar, picture or other item to represent them. There will be a pet-free seating area to ensure the comfort of all who attend.

Information: 812-342-6230


Dayspring Church of God — The church will have an annual Day of Blessings from 8 a.m. to noon today at the church, 2127 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus. Clothing, books and a variety of household items will be given away for free at the event.Information: 812-372-9336

First Baptist — The annual Trunk or Treat will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Hot drinks will be available for everyone.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Lasting Impressions Concert, “Voices for Veterans,” will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The 200th Anniversary Conclusion will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 30.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — “Trunk or Treat” will be in the church parking lot Friday. The little goblins are invited to visit between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The 49th annual Turkey Supper will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5. Adult tickets: $10. Children’s tickets: $5. Children 4 and younger may eat for free. Bonnie Burbrink is serving as chairperson of the turkey supper and Karen Mize is co-chair.

Information: 812-546-4438; 812-603-8378

Sandy Hook — A Trunk-or-Treat event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, located at 1610 Taylor Road in Columbus. There will be trick-or-treating from trunks, hot dogs, chips and drinks, family photos and more.

The Bev Coleman 5K Memorial Walk/Run will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 6. Coleman was a member of the church who lost her cancer battle in 2009. The walk will benefit the youth by giving funds raised to the youth ministry. Cost $20. Those who pre-register will get a T-shirt. To register:


Scipio United Methodist — The annual Chicken Noodle Dinner will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Scipio-Geneva Township Fire Department, 6815 N. County Road 575W, Scipio. Cost: Ages 13 and older, $7 in advance, $8 at the door; ages 6 to 12, $5; and those under 5 eat free. Menu: Homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, slaw or applesauce, dinner roll, dessert and drink. There also will be a silent auction and bean bag toss tournament.

Information: 812-392-2939

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.